We are constantly bombarded with different opinions about the “best” diet to use for weight loss. Many times we are promised miraculous results and ease. Watching TV, scrolling online, in the grocery store check out, listening to the radio you can find multiple opinions on this in the same day. Well, let me wade in here with mine 🙂
The reality is, there are probably lots of ways to eat to lose weight because there are lots of different people with slightly different bodies. There is no perfect “diet” for everyone. You need to choose a way of eating that lets you lose the weight you want and that you can continue for the long term. Anything that you have to white-knuckle it at every corner will not result in long term weight change. And that’s what we are here for, right? We are tired of being on the weight roller coaster and want to finally lose the weight and feel confident in our ability to keep it off without significant struggle.
Now, I do have some thoughts on what works well for most bodies. Modify it to make it work for yourself. I believe in a lower carbohydrate/higher fat approach to eating. I think this keeps you satisfied with less hunger and still allows you to lose weight. It has good evidence as a therapeutic way of eating for metabolic disease such as diabetes*. Regardless of your thoughts on low carb, I think we should note that there is no evidence that anyone should be eating sugar or processed carbohydrates on a regular basis. These foods make us sick and offer nothing in return other than a fleeting false sense of wellbeing.
Let’s address the elephant in the room. People say low carb isn’t sustainable. They say no one can maintain it and everyone just regains their weight. Your brain may be freaking out right now at the idea of giving up sugar, flour and other starches. How can you possibly live without those foods? I understand. I was a skeptic. My brain freaked out too. But I can tell you that on the other side of that, I am very happy eating this way. Yes it takes some adjustment at first. But the adjustment is relatively short and the stability in appetite on the other side is worth millions. Many people maintain this way of eating for the long term (years) and have no plans on going back.
Listen in to this episode for some of the science behind my opinion.
Need additional resources? Check out dietdoctor.com for great content and recipes. “The Obesity Code” by Jason Fung is a great read as is “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living” by Dr. Phinney and Dr. Volek.
*If you have diabetes and are on medications, please don’t make sudden changes to your carbohydrate intake before you talk to your doctor. Some medications can cause low blood sugars and may need to be adjusted very early on in a dietary change.